Appearing on MSNBC’s AM Joy, filmmaker Michael Moore challenged white Americans to stand up for minorities and women who are coming under attack since the election of Donald Trump to be the next president. Since Trump’s stunning win on Election Day, attacks on Latinos, Muslims, African-Americans and women have skyrocketed, causing many to fear going out… Continue Reading →
I hear this from women all over the country. I have no idea how many of them will vote. I didn’t know that many women were the kind not to speak up, but I guess I underestimated the pressure. When your social network and community support is on the line, it’s easier just to keep your mouth shut:
Susan suspects there are other women like her, but that part of the reason conservative female Christian voters won’t openly support Clinton is because of the culture of submission in Evangelical churches. Wives are supposed to follow their husbands’ lead in every matter, including politics. Speaking out against those traditional teachings can come with a risk—a social penalty of alienation from a very tight-knit community, to which spouses, extended family, children, and support systems are all intricately linked. Still, she knows of pockets of women who are defecting from Trump. “I hope all those people who are saying no to Trump are also, secretly, saying yes to Hillary,” she says.
Susan and Jennifer are not as anomalous as we think. There are hundreds of private Facebook groups with names like “Secret Hillary Club,” most of which were formed during the caucus, when Clinton supporters felt alienated by ardent Bernie Sanders fans. But now, these online groups have coalesced into places of support and encouragement for counties that burn predominantly red in the polls. Cynthia Silver, a director and acting teacher living in New York City, started her pro-Hillary private Facebook group after a heated social media argument with a former student. Since Clinton won the nomination, Silver has been surprised to see the group grow to well over 2,000 members from all over the country.
While I normally don’t comment on too many political things my friends and family post on social media, I’ve made a bit of an exception for this election. All I’ve really been doing is fact checking and debunking the information I see in these posts that’s either hypocritical or simply not accurate. The way I see… Continue Reading →
In “Murder In The Bayou,” journalist Ethan Brown reported that multiple anonymous sources alleged Boustany had sexual relationships with several of eight prostitutes found murdered in Jefferson Davis Parish between 2004 and 2009. According to BuzzFeed News, the book says there is no evidence that Boustany had any involvement in the murders, which remain unsolved.
Brown also reported that former Boustany field director Martin Guillory ran a motel where some of the victims met clients, as BuzzFeed noted. Guillory told Brown he was not aware that any criminal activity took place there.
Written by a well-known evangelical figure who is upset by the Christian Post endorsement of Donald Trump. Just go read it.
But this sounds like an improvement!
Ecstatic Syrian civilians have been shaving off their beards, burning their burqas, smoking and dancing in the streets after being freed from Isis.
The jubilant celebrations were seen in the Syrian city of Manbij on Friday, where militants have been driven out after months of fighting by US-backed rebel groups.
Families ran through rubble-strewn streets, past the ruins of buildings destroyed in air strikes, carrying their babies and belongings.
Men jubilantly had their beards cut off as women ripped off their veils and set them on fire in an act of rebellion after years living under Isis’ brutal interpretation of Sharia law.
One middle aged man broke down in tears of relief and joy, while female fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) shared emotional hugs with civilians.
Christ, I hope it sticks.
Iranian authorities have destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers as part of a widespread crackdown against illegal devices they say “deviate morality and culture”. General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, the head of Iran’s Basij militia, oversaw the destruction ceremony in Tehran on Sunday and warned of the impact that satellite television was having in the country. “The… Continue Reading →
As I pointed out the day after it happened, I didn’t see any women in those crowds of protesters. They’re going to move Turkey back to an oppressive, theocratic state:
In the days after a failed military coup shook Turkey, women say they are being silenced. From the start of the coup attempt by military officials on Friday through to the government’s crackdown in response, women’s voices have been almost entirely absent. Images of protesters on the streets are mostly men. The military leadership is entirely… Continue Reading →
That’s what a lot of smart people, included a former CIA station chief for Turkey, are saying. They believe Erdogan planned the coup himself as cover for seizing more power. And then there’s this from Politico:
A Playbooker well-wired with contacts in Turkey emails us: “This military action is a direct correlation to President Erdogan’s slow but steady focus on de-constructing the legacy of Ataturk and undoing Ataturk’s dream of a secular Muslim society and to replace it with a Islamic society based on fear. The President’s recent removal of the Prime Minister (with little international focus or concern) which was done against the constitution, his overhaul of the judiciary to put it under his control (that was unconstitutional), his recent speeches on women being ‘half-human’ if they don’t have babies and stay home to focus on having children, his push to create non-secular religious schools, his arrest of thousands of journalists, and his take-over of what was once a thriving free media with only one private, independent media still existing … and last but not least, his attempt now to change the constitution so he could be President forever. … All of these … forced the hand of the Military to want to overthrow the Erdogan regime and try to hold onto the last elements of Ataturk’s Turkey.”
OKay, so now Trump is waiting until Monday, but we know it’s Pence. And the only good thing I can say about this guy is that he’s doing the people of Indiana a big honkin’ favor by leaving.
He’s one of those assholes who campaigned for the Indiana governor’s mansion by hiding his hard-right beliefs on social issues and pretending to be reasonable and mainstream. But he’s about as right-wing a true believer as you can find, and Indiana voters found that out rather quickly. (In a 2011 interview, he bragged, “I was Tea Party before it was cool.”)
He’s the kind of guy who left the Catholic Church — because it wasn’t punitive enough for him.
His previous congressional career was a big clue. He opposed George W. Bush’s proposal to privatize Social Security — because it didn’t go far enough. He opposed campaign finance reform as “unconstitutional” and Medicare Part D as an “unfunded entitlement program.” But he also learned to suck up to the press (the New York Times called him “The Perfect Conservative”) and as the GOP turned ever rightward, he was already leading the parade.
That’s because Mike Pence has had his eye on the White House for a very long time. Being Donald’s running mate would be a good way to raise his national profile for his own eventual candidacy.
Mike Pence is a man who thinks religious “rights” mean employers should get to fire workers over their sexual orientation. Remember, this is the same governor who signed a “Religious Rights Restoration Act” that inspired a pizza shop to deny service to a gay wedding reception, and faced a huge backlash from the Indiana business community.
Pence sees values — his values — as the cure for almost everything, including AIDS. In 2003, this was what he said in response to President George W. Bush’s proposal to send $15 billion to Africa to fight the AIDS epidemic there: “The timeless values of abstinence and marital faithfulness before condom distribution are the cure for what ails the families of Africa.”
What a guy.
Here’s Mike Pence’s “values” in action. When Democrat Glenda Ritz was elected as Superintendent of Public Instruction (she ran on a platform of stopping the Republicans from the mindboggling things they were doing to destroy the state’s public education system, and she had bipartisan support — she won with a larger percentage of the vote than Pence), the first thing Pence did was … sign a Republican bill stripping this duly elected Democrat of any power or authority to do that job.
So you can see what he has in common with Donald: His real “values” are expediency, and power.
Political writer Ed Kilgore notes that Pence’s advisers include people from the Koch brothers network, and that the anti-tax Club for Growth likes him a lot. The Christian right also sees him as a martyr for taking so many hits for the right to discriminate against LGBT folk.
Here are some other things to know about Mike Pense:
- Pence wasn’t favored to win reelection this year, so taking the VP offer was a no-brainer.
- He tried to block Syrian refugees from settling in Indiana.
- Pence voted for every single trade agreement while he was in Congress. Will his usefulness to Donald as a culture warrior override his trade record?
In any event, Pence is a choice aimed at consolidating Donald’s support in the GOP’s Christian fundamentalist base. He will get that particular job done.